Soft Cover. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1946. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Publisher's red paper and pale green paper wrappers, lettered in green to front wrapper. A very good or better copy, price-clipped and with some light toning and rubbing to extremities, author's name handwritten in ink to spine, a few now-flattened creases to the upper corners of the last few pages of text, else a very clean interior. This volume contains the text of the lecture given by Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish physician and microbiologist, at Cambridge University as part of the Linacre Lecture series in 1946. Founded in the year 1524, the Linacre Lecture is named after Thomas Linacre, the first president of the Royal College of Physicians, and is delivered annually by a prominent figure in medical research. Fleming's lecture in 1946 put forward his research concerning the use of chemotherapy as a treatment for bacterial infections. Indeed, Fleming was an expert in bacteriology; he was awarded the Nobel Piece Prize in Medicine in 1945 for discovering penicillin and its effectiveness as an antibiotic.